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Safety of a Juice Fast w/Diabetes

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Posted by Leggzs72 on 6 years ago I was just curious how safe a juice fast is for someone with diabetes that has not seen a doctor in years and doesn't take any meds for it?

This topic contains 8 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by EtherRael 6 years ago.

Replies To Safety of a Juice Fast w/Diabetes

  • Claire Georgiou - ND

    6 years ago
    Hi leggzs72, With a health concern such as Diabetes we certainly encourage seeing a doctor before completing a reboot juice fast. Once given the OK you can follow these guidelines http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/sweetness-how-to-manage-your-sugar-intake-and-reboot-with-diabetes-2/ Let us know how you go!
  • Leggzs72

    6 years ago
    I don't have funds or insurance to see a doctor so this is the reason for asking you? I'm going to do the 3 day fasting first and see how things go regardless, I just wanted a little input is all? :)
  • potatoewiley

    6 years ago
    Dear Leggzs72, Since lack of insurance is your barrier to seeing a doctor, I assume you live in the US- is that right? As a community planner, I have found that many American towns- even small ones- have sliding scale health care services, so that you only pay what you can afford. The problem is that a lot of the people who need their services don't know about them! This web site will help you find some of them, chiefly the ones that receive federal money- http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx . If there isn't one nearby to you, give your local planning office a call (they know about every brick and mortar facility in town) and ask them if there are any sliding scale health care facilities in your town before you take a road trip to another town to see a doctor. Diabetes is a serious illness- you really should have it monitored by a doctor- do it for yourself, and do it for your kids! :) Best of luck juicing!
  • Billy94

    6 years ago
    What type of diabetic are you - 1 or 2? What medication are are you taking?
  • Leggzs72

    6 years ago
    I'm a type 2 diabetic. I'm currently not taking any meds. I didn't think juicing would be a concern for someone like me seeing how fruits and veggies are supposed to be healthy for anyone, as long as I don't base my juices souly on the fruits? I'm 5'11" and weigh 210lbs, I carry most if not all of the weight in my stomach. Several people have asked me when my baby is due :( At times I play along and give them a due date but most of the time it is a big slap in the face and makes me second guess myself and what I'm doing half the time. I have no self control when it comes to eating. I have the desire to diet and lose weight but when I start the first day im good in the morning but by midmorning I'm scarfing on whatever I can find or get my hands on. It's like as long as I don't pick up a fork and shove food in my mouth and start chewing I'm just fine but the moment I start the chewing action it's like I have to keep doing it. What can I do????!!!!
  • EtherRael

    6 years ago
    I suggest in the meantime until you can see the doctor on your condition that you at least begin eating healthy foods. Start by cutting out the items that do the most damage to shedding pounds and feeling good about yourself. With that being said you need to cut out carbohydrates, that includes the following; bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice. If it is made with flour do not eat it. Secondly, cut out ALL SUGARS. This is not a condition of "ok I've been good all day, one piece of chocolate, or one cookie won't kill me". This is to get control of how your insulin responds to food that you place in your vessel. You have to ELIMINATE it completely. It is only through such change can you at the VERY LEAST start to build healthy and positive attitudes toward the foods you eat, and the amount. I do not care if you eat 3 chickens in one setting, as long as there is no barbeque sauce on it, or some other sauce to make it taste more appealing. You can eat it. No soda pop, if you want a beverage other than water, then go get Stevia extract, carried by most stores now. Make some stevia lemonade. Buy drink products made with stevia. Vitamin water Zero (not the greatest example but at least better than diet coke). Begin training your mind and YOUR body to get used to these types of things and soon it will become habit. You are living and acting on habitually bad habits now, so begin your journey to a healthier you by making those steps a FOCUSED part of your goals. That in itself will eliminate fast food, it will eliminate processed foods, it will make you cook meals with higher vegetable count (not the starchy filler of potatoes and the like), it will teach you to cook lean meats with a variety of healthy spices to season your food so that it is not only healthy but good tasting. There are potentially deeper issues here at work as well, since it sounds like you binge eat. So to help with that, start making large enough portions to feed your body, but no more so you are resistant to going back for seconds.Do not skip meals, in other words do not go all day not eating, and then binge at dinner time. There are a wealth of ways to deter you from getting out of your bad habits, but the most IMPORTANT one is the will and determination that ONLY YOU can provide. Once YOU make that choice none of the objections or reasons why you cannot move forward into a healthier YOU will hinder your progress. Best of wishes, and not next week, or next year is a good time to make a change for the better, but NOW.
  • EtherRael

    6 years ago
    Here is an article that was posted in another part of the forum, that may encourage you to eliminate things like bread from your diet. http://io9.com/5968164/why-you-should-probably-stop-eating-wheat

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